About Belarus
Belarus - picturesque country with a rich history and culture. It has long been famous for its amazingly beautiful nature, ancient castles, ancient homesteads, churches, temples and churches. Belarus - one of the few places in Europe where you can see the untouched nature: the largest tracts of ancient forests, unique landscapes, rare species of animals and plants. Names of parks and reserves speak for themselves - Bialowieza Forest, Braslav Lakes, Berezinsky Reserve. Every corner of Belarus imbued with the spirit of centuries-old culture, has left us the most beautiful architectural monuments. Earth under white wings called this country the Belarusian writer Vladimir Karatkevich.
Overview
Capital: Minsk
Biggest cities: Gomel, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Grodno, Brest
Official languages: Belarusian, Russian
Area: 207 600 km²
Population: 9.5 million
Telephone code: +375
Time zone: GMT +3

Currency: Belarusian ruble, 1 USD = 1.99 BYN, 1 EUR = 2.22 BYN

Map of Belarus
Visa
If you want to get a Belarusian visa or find out more detailed information, follow the link.
Customs
It is forbidden to transport across the border of the country without the permission of firearms and ammunition, military equipment, drugs, psychotropic, poisonous, radioactive and explosive materials; printed and audiovisual materials that can cause harm to the interests of the Republic of Belarus, its national security, public health and morality. The importation of animals and plants in Belarus is allowed only with appropriate veterinary and health certificates. Travelers are allowed to carry up to 50 kg of personal baggage worth up to 1,500 euros. Baggage in excess of these parameters, taxed at a rate of 30%, but not less than 4 euros for every extra kilogram. Importation without payment of customs duties is limited to the following goods: alcohol (including beer, contains 7% alcohol or more) -3 liters (for every extra liter - the fee of 10 euros, maximum - 5 liters), cigarettes - 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco or the specified products in the range of total weight not exceeding 250 grams. Import to Belarus of foreign currency cash is made without limitation of the amount, the amount of more than $ 10 000 equivalent for the import to Belarus are subject to a written declaration. The export of foreign currency in cash from Belarus without charge permits and mandatory declaration allowed in an amount not exceeding the equivalent of 10 thousand US dollars. Customs: It is forbidden to be transported across the border of the country without the permission of firearms and ammunition, military equipment, drugs, psychotropic, poisonous, radioactive and explosive materials; printed and audiovisual materials that can cause harm to the interests of the Republic of Belarus, its national security, public health and morality. The importation of animals and plants in Belarus is allowed only with appropriate veterinary and health certificates. Travelers are allowed to carry up to 50 kg of personal baggage worth up to 1,500 euros. Baggage in excess of these parameters, taxed at a rate of 30%, but not less than 4 euros for every extra kilogram. Importation without payment of customs duties is limited to the following goods: alcohol (including beer, contains 7% alcohol or more) -3 liters (for every extra liter - the fee of 10 euros, maximum - 5 liters), cigarettes - 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco or the specified products in the range of total weight not exceeding 250 grams. Import to Belarus of foreign currency cash is made without limitation of the amount, the amount of more than $ 10 000 equivalent for the import to Belarus are subject to a written declaration. The export of foreign currency in cash from Belarus without charge permits and mandatory declaration allowed in an amount not exceeding the equivalent of 10 thousand US dollars.
Geography
The Republic of Belarus is situated in the eastern part of Europe. It is bordered by Lithuania and Latvia to the north, Ukraine to the south, with the Russian Federation to the east and Poland to the west. The country has a strategic position for communications east and west, north and south. Distance from Minsk to Warsaw is 500 km, to Moscow - 700 km Berlin - 1.060 km, from Vienna - 1.300 km.
Сlimate of Belarus
The climate is temperate continental with mild and wet winters and warm summers. The average January temperature ranges from -4 to 4 ° C in the south-west and south, and to -4 ..- 8 ° C in the northeast. Often befall winter thaw. Most warm season - from May to September, the average temperature during this period ranges from 13 to 19 ° C. The hottest month - July, the coldest - January. Weather forecast in Belarus cities.
Phone numbers
Enquiry Telephone: 109; Reference to the airport (Minsk): 106, background bus "Minskavtovokzal" 114, information rail transport 105.

Ambulance: 103 Police: 102 Emergency: 101.

Codes of some cities: Brest - 162, Vitebsk - 212 Gomel - 232, Grodno - 152, Minsk - 17, Mogilev - 222, Orsha - 216, Pinsk - 165, Polotsk - 214, Slonim - 1562 Slutsk - 1795, Shklov - 2239.

In the republic of four companies providing mobile services: Velcom, MTS, Life.
Money
You can exchange money in any bank branches or exchange offices, which can be found in hotels, large shops and supermarkets. Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard), you can pay in hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are available in all cities of Belarus. Bank offices are open from 9:00 to 18:00 every day of the week except Sunday. At the railway station and convenience stores and exchange offices are open 24 hours. "Floating" exchange rates in the country.
Transport
The most convenient way to travel on Belarus - in a rented car. Roads are mainly kept in good condition. The main types of long-distance transport - trains and buses. Recent faster and cheaper, but the train can offer more comfort. Internal flights in the country is very small and they are very rare: on a plane, you can only get to the regional centers once or twice a week.
Rent a car
To rent a car, you need a passport and international license. The driver must be at least 21 years old and have a driving experience not less than two years. Rental Payment can be made both cash and credit cards.
Shopping & Stores
Most shops are open from 9: 00-10: 00 20: 00-21: 00 hours, supermarkets are generally open a little longer - until 22: 00-23: 00, in addition, a lot of small shops and stalls, working around the clock. Traditional national souvenirs: articles of the Belarusian flax, carved wooden sculptures, articles of straw, the work of Belarusian pottery (vases, pots, figurines funny), beaded embroidery, Belarusian balm. Food prices slightly differ from the prices in St. Petersburg or Moscow, mostly upward. But fans, or rather lover, underwear "Milavitsa" You can "jump for joy" - in retail stores in the capital, and any regional center you will be pleased with the price so that you will be sorry that did not take a loan from a couple of hundred neighbors ;).
Cuisine and restaurants
Chain restaurants and cafes in the capital, as well as in cities and towns and cities developed enough - from the most basic small cozy establishments to stylish and glamorous, in the style of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, as well as European restaurants, from the Czech beer to elite French restaurant - with its own wine cellar and personal sommelier. Most restaurants in Minsk offers a menu in English. Good restaurants are popular, so it is advisable to book a table in advance. Your hotel kindly do it for you. Modern kitchen Belarus is diverse and is similar to the Russian kitchen, Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland. The Jewish community has also brought a lot to the modern Belarusian cuisine. Traditional Belarusian potato dishes, which deserves special mention is the basis of many Belarusian dishes for hundreds of years. Potato dishes are often served with vegetables, meat or mushrooms. Service at a sufficiently high level of tip size varies on your desire and is not limited in size. Usually there is a 5-10% of the bill. And if you are not ready or forget to tip, you will not see a negative reaction. You will still be happy - such is the characteristic of the Belarusians. Belarus develops industry nightclubs. Especially exciting nightlife in Minsk. In many Minsk clubs have a pool and a casino. Nightclubs in Belarus are popular with people of all ages, not just young people.